Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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10:15am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Slips

Anxiety about the job market, inflation and the general economic outlook combined to push down consumer confidence in May, the private Conference Board business research group just reported.

It's Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 60.8 from 66 in April.

Lynn Franco, director of the group's Consumer Research Center, says in a statement released with the report that:

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10:04am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistani Journalist Is Missing; He Wrote Of Alleged Ties To Terrorism

There are conflicting reports at this hour about the fate of Syed Saleem Shahzad, Pakistan bureau chief for Asia Times Online, who has been missing since Sunday evening.

Pakistan's Daily Times says that Human Rights Watch has been told by "credible sources" that Shahzad "is in custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)" — Pakistan's intelligence agency.

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9:09am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices At 'New Recession Low'

There was a 4.2 percent drop in home prices during the first quarter according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report, which was just released.

And after the 3.6 percent decline in fourth-quarter 2010, prices have "hit a new recession low" and are down 5.1 percent from first-quarter 2010.

"Nationally, home prices are back to their mid-2002 levels," the report adds.

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8:53am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Weiner Seeks Advice About Legal Action Over Lewd Twitpic

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Oct. 2, 2010, file photo.
Amy Sussman Getty Images/The New Yorker

"New York Rep. Anthony Weiner [D] has retained an attorney to advise him 'what civil or criminal actions should be taken' after a lewd picture was sent from his Twitter account," Politico reports.

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8:10am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Northbound Interstate-95 Closed Near Richmond; Four Dead In Bus Crash

"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.

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